Photographer's Note

Hottentot Teal (Anas hottentota): Distinguished by a blue bill and a dark smudge on its creamy white cheeks. In flight, it shows a green speculum with a white trailing edge, and a black and white underwing. Found mainly inland and on small water bodies, often close to floating vegetation.

This is another photo I took on my outing to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary with Callie. I like colors and the reflections of the bird and the reeds in this one.

This was taken with a Sigma 50-500mm f/6.7 zoom (Callie graciously borrowed me his spare lens) at maximum focal length. On the Nikon D100, with it's 1.5 focal magnification, it equates to 750mm and it is therefore very important that you keep your lens as still as possible. Using the correct support is crucial! You can have the best lens in the world, but without decent support it means nothing.

Taking your shots at the correct shutter speed is also very important. Most of the shots I took of the Pied Avocet I posted yesterday came out blurry, because the Avocet moves quite fast and a 1/125 shutter speed was too slow to capture that. Luckily a speed of 1/125 worked here.

In short, there are many things to learn, and a lot of it you can only pick up with experience. I still have a long way to go...!!!

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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